RNLI Douglas lifeboat launched to go to the aid of yacht with engine failure
Douglas RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew members were paged at 6.11pm today (29 December) when a yacht's engine failed while on its way to the Island.
The RNLI all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary launched under the command of volunteer Coxswain Neal Corran to go to the aid of the yacht. The yacht's crew had been relying on their engine to make way to Douglas when the engine failed just off Douglas Head.
The yacht was taken under tow back to Douglas and berthed on the Liner Berth between the Victoria and King Edward Piers. Having ensured that no further assistance was required the lifeboat then returned to station where it was re-housed and made ready again for service.
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Caption for one attached photo: "Douglas RNLI lifeboat returning to harbour with casualty vessel." Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland
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